Undergraduate Students

Undergraduate Students

Information for new Undergraduate students joining the University.

Information for continuing students is available on Moodle.

The programme that you were admitted to will be visible when you log in to your MyCampus record. If you wish to change your Plan (e.g. from Sports Science to Physiology) contact the office of the Chief Adviser.

You will have another opportunity to change your Plan at the end of Level-1 and again at the end of Level-2.

If you are not sure about all the different terminology that is used in relation registration and enrolment read the glossary.

 

Registration

You will only be able to register when you receive an email notification from the University (no earlier than 20 August).

This will provide you with your GUID (Glasgow University Identification number), password and a link to MyCampus.

To become a fully registered student of the University you MUST register online.

You must complete BOTH academic and financial registration.

This process must be repeated each year of your studies.

Further information is available on the Registry information pages.


Visa Registration (for International Students)

If you are an international student you will need to register your visa with the University before you can be fully registered.

 


Enrolment

‌Level 1

Information regarding compulsory, recommended and other courses is available via MyRequirements.

Compulsory Courses

You must enrol on Biology 1A and 1B.

If you have a Chemistry Higher (Grade B) you must enrol on Chemistry 1.

If you have not reached this level in Chemistry you must enrol on Science Fundamentals 1X and 1Y.

Optional Courses

Your remaining 40 credits can be chosen, to fit your timetable, from an extensive list covering other science areas, geography, arts or language. These are all available through MyRequirements. If you do not complete your enrolment through 'Plan by my Requirements' you may not meet the rules of your Programme and Plan and will not automatically progress to the next year of your studies. Your Adviser of Studies will check you have a sensible curriculum. You must meet your Adviser of Studies within the first two weeks of teaching.

Level 2

You normally take courses making up 120 credits in total with most students taking 120 credits of Level-2 courses. Note that for entry to Level-3 of any biology programme, you must have at least 60 credits in Level-2 Science courses, but there is no requirement to take Level-2 courses in other subjects, e.g. chemistry courses.

You must choose a combination of Level-2 courses that will qualify you for entry to programmes in at least two degree groups or to one degree group in the School of Life Sciences and to a programme offered by another College:

Level-2 Biology Courses 2018-2019

Making Changes to your Enrolments

Once you have completed your enrolments there may be reasons why you need to make a change.

Timescales for making changes and information on how to make your changes is available on the Registry website.

Life Sciences Help Sessions

The School has arranged enrolment help sessions for new students where you can meet a member of staff who will help you complete the process. You must have completed registration to attend and should have attempted to complete self-enrolment prior to attendance. Please only sign up if you are struggling with the process.

Sign up here.

General tips and Advice

  • Students are expected to self-enrol onto courses through MyCampus.
  • Remember to “view all” and remember you may need to take a 9am or 5pm lecture (or perhaps both).
  • You can email your Adviser of Studies (contact details are on your MyCampus record) to discuss your choices.
  • If you are a full time student you should enrol on 120 credits.
  • You must enrol on your Semester 1 and Semester 2 courses.
  • Information regarding compulsory and other courses will be available via MyCampus>MyRequirements.
  • Where possible enrol for the same lab slots in both Semester 1 and Semester 2.
  • Enrol for lectures in the morning and labs in the afternoon or vice versa.

Academic Induction

Academic Induction is a crucial initial step to welcoming and introducing you to University life so that you can get your studies off to a good start. 

We clearly cannot tell you everything about how to be a successful student, but in these sessions, we aim to equip you for the first few weeks and to let you know how and where to get questions answered.

Level-1

Tuesday 11 September 2018

Staff will be available to welcome you to the school, there will be a session with key staff as well as information about the Advisory Service, Timetables, Study Abroad and much more.

It is important you attend this event as we find that this is the best way to prepare for your new academic life and transition to University.

Your induction will be continued throughout Biology 1.

Level-2

Wednesday 12 September 2018

You will receive an invitation and programme via your student email account to a special induction day for students entering direct to Level-2. There will be an opportunity to meet the Head of Learning & Teaching and the Chief Adviser as well as the Course Coordinators for Fundamental Topics in Biology and Key Skills in Biology.

You MUST also attend Academic Induction on 11 September 2018.

 

The programme is available to view on the Academic Induction webpage.

 


Collect your Campus Card (Student ID)

New students in the School of Life Sciences can collect their Campus Card on Friday 14 September. Please note you should do this before 1pm as card collection will close at this time. Students should attend at the time specificied on the Registry website.

In order to collect your Campus Card, you must:

The Campus Card grants you access to University facilities such as the library and sports facilities, and will entitle you to student discounts in a wide variety of shops, bars, cinemas and online.

Further Information about Campus Card Collection


Timetable

‌You are expected to attend all your scheduled classes.

Your timetable will be automatically created in MyCampus when you enrol on classes. If you change any of your enrolments or the times/dates of your classes change, your timetable will be updated. Your timetable will show the class, the type of class and the location of the class. Find your timetable in the Enrol tab or directly from your Student Centre.

When you select courses in MyCampus you will then select lectures and laboratories. Try to select all your lectures in the morning and labs in the afternoon – or vice versa.

Level-1

You will have specific commitments for approximately 20 hours every week. You should aim to spend a further 15 to 20 hours or so in private study – six hours per subject. Coursework can account for as much as 50% of the final assessment in some subjects. Treat your studies as you would paid employment and aim to 'work' a 35-40 hour week.

Please note that some lectures take place at 5pm. We regard the normal study as 9am to 6pm. If you have special requirements which prevent your attendance after 5pm, you should ensure you choose class times which give you the flexibility you require.

Lectures
Each subject normally has between 3 and 5 one-hour lectures per week.

Lectures start at 5 minutes after the hour and stop at 5 minutes to the hour. If you have consecutive lectures, this allows you 10 minutes to get to your next lecture which may be in a different building.

Laboratories
You can expect to attend one 3-hour practical class every week for most subjects.

Workshops
As an alternative (or in addition) to laboratories, some subjects require attendance at workshops, normally one hour.

Tutorials
Some subjects have a one 1-hour tutorial per week. Tutorials provide an opportunity for you to meet in smaller groups (up to ten or twelve) with a member of staff.

Level-2

You must attend the lecture or laboratory group on your MyCampus timetable. Most laboratory classes run more than once, but are often within restricted time slots.

Further information regarding planning your Year-2 curriculum is available in our booklet

Information about Level-2 CoursesLevel-2 Biology Courses 2018-2019

Further information on How to View Your Timetable.


Students holding a Tier 4 Visa

New students will be asked to attend central check-in during September and then again in January as well as undertaking further school checks relating to course attendance.

It is your responsibility to familiarise yourself with these dates.

Further information on Registry check-ins is available here.

School information will be available on the Moodle site once you have completed registation and enrolment. The School Tier 4 Team will contact you at the start of each semester to remind you of your responsibilities and direct you to the information regarding your checks.

 


Reading List

Titles included in the reading list are intended for reading during the year of study and are not intended as prior reading for the course.

Level-1

Biology 1A and 1B

Biology: A Global Approach with MasteringBiology, Global Edition (11th Edition)
ISBN 10: 1-292-17043-3

Information will be available, to purchase discounted packages, at the first meeting.

Environmental Biology

There is no single recommended textbook for the Environmental Biology course.  Staff will refer you to relevant sources of information during lectures, on the course website and through the library reading list.

General

If information has been uploaded to the Library Reading Lists you will be able to access this here and once you have registered and enrolled you will have access to the guide on Moodle.


Advisory Service

In the School we appoint an adviser of studies for every undergraduate student. Wherever possible a close match is made between the adviser and your area of study.

We hope that you will find this close contact with a member of the teaching staff helpful, that you will use the advisory service constructively and benefit from the service.

Adviser Meetings

It is important to build a relationship with your adviser of studies as he/she will be your first point of contact for references for part-time employment/ letters for landlords and your final employment reference when you graduate.

Your adviser will discuss your courses making sure they are sensible and meet the requirements of your plan and degree regulations.

They are also available to discuss more personal matters and can be consulted about any issue regarding your transition to life at University. You should feel free to consult as questions or problems arise - delay can often allow a simple concern to become more complex. So don’t hesitate before asking for help.

  • August / September: Your introductory meeting must take place before 20 September.
  • Mid January: An opportunity to discuss progress to date in the light of December exam results.
  • Late April: At this meeting you will discuss your possible curriculum for the next session.

Details of your adviser of studies will be available through your MyCampus record. When emailing your adviser of studies for an appointment, please suggest a few dates and times you are available as their diaries are normally busy. You must always notify your adviser if you need to cancel or rearrange your appoint.

Dr Maureen Griffiths
Chief Adviser of Studies
School of Life Sciences
Bower Building

Tel: 0141 330 3994
Email: lifesci-chief-adviser@gla.ac.uk


Transfer Policy

Whilst you are expected to enter University with a clear focus on your Intending Honours Programme we understand that this is not always the case and it is possible for you to change your mind. Please read the University's Transfer Policy.


Frequently Asked Questions

We have tried to answer some common questions from new students:

If the answer to your question is not listed below please contact the Chief Adviser's Office.

Q1  How many courses must I take?

If you are a full time, first year, student you must have a curriculum of 120 credits, consisting of two compulsory courses (80 credits) and then a further 40 optional credits. You must enrol on your full 120 credits at the start of session.

Q2  Who is my adviser of studies?

Details of your adviser of studies will be available in your MyCampus record. You must meet your adviser of studies for the first time before 20 September 2017.

Q3  Is attendance compulsory?

Yes

Q4  Can I work part-time whilst I am a student?

There is a recommended maximum of 12 hours per week during the academic year. If you and you are struggling financially with these hours you should contact Registry regarding their Emergency Funds & Other Aid.

Q5  When do I get my timetable?

You will not receive a hard copy of your timetable, it will be available online in your MyCampus record once you have enrolled on your course.

Q6  My lecture finishes at 2pm in one building and my next begins at 2pm in another building - how can I get there on time?

Don't worry your class will finish at 5 to the hour and you have until 5 past the hour to reach your next class.

Q7  I've chosen the wrong course(s) what can I do?

Don't withdraw without discussing your options with your adviser. You may be judging matters too early without being fully aware of how your courses develop. Or you may indeed have identified an alternative, more attractive degree. In some cases, it is easier to transfer after even partial completion of your existing curriculum than to give up entirely and achieve nothing from your first year of undergraduate study. If you are experiencing difficulty with study habits, you may find it helpful to consult one of our advisers in the Learning Enhancement & Academic Development Service.

Q8  Will it be easy to change my degree if I change mind?

Yes, because it's not until the end of second year that you are required to finalist your choice of subject for your 3rd and 4th year Honours programme.

Q9  What do I do if I am ill or can't make a class?

Please read the Absence Policy.


Visit the guide for new students and stay organised.